IN THIS PARTICULAR GHOST TOWN: by Josh Davy & Zachary Reece
Valkarie Gallery & Studio
November 14 - December 9, 2018
- Opening Reception: Saturday, November 17, 5 - 8:30pm
- FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK: Friday, December 7, 5 - 9:00pm
Zachary Reece: has been creating in the pointillism style for over 25 years. The first 15 of those years it was in the traditional medium of ink on illustration board, but for the past decade he has crossed over to digital drawing and illustration.
Preferring to alternate between using circles and stipples to build the image, Reece begins by finding an image that resonates with his own preference, but one that he feels will resonate with others as well. It’s usually something classy with a hint of pop appeal. He then chooses a geometric pattern that will define the alternating circles and dots, such as a checkerboard, concentric circles, or vertical bars. After preparing the source image like this, Reece brings it into the iPad Pro to meticulously draw every piece with a pressure sensitive stylus (Apple Pencil) in vecor-based illustration software. Rarely does a piece take him under 150 hours to complete. The end artwork is then sent to print to canvas with no limitation of what size it wants to be.
“Most people think I’m very patient by creating in this style,” says Reece, “but the only patience I lose is when I finish one and need to dream up the next. I just want to draw!”
Josh Davy: "A close friend of mine has spent most of his adult life hunting for fossils in his free time. I’ve known this about him for a while, but I’d never realized how good he’d been at it. This past summer I went over to help him pack up his things and move out of his home, ending a marriage of more than 20 years. He let her keep all of the furniture and most of the photographs and we spent the better part of two days trying to figure out what was worth taking. How much needed to go into storage, what things were so important that they needed to stay with him as he worked out his future, and what just wasn’t of value any more at this point in his life? He began to question whether he needed all of his fossil collection as he thought about how to store it; I began questioning the value of those damn fossils after about the fourth hour of carrying boxes of rocks up the basement stairs.
He let most of the fossils go, maybe for practical reasons, or maybe they meant less to him as the marriage to his best friend and partner in exploration was ending. He gave me several boxes from his collection and I began to think about how I could use them in my work. I kept thinking about the objects that we value and why. I started to get ideas about what I might want to say about the things humans will leave behind, our fossil record. This show begins with sculptures I designed around the remnants of long extinct species, and moves into work that represents my feelings about the rapidly changing social structure and architecture of our cities today."
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